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Rugged Adventures

Arizona’s cinema-ready canyons and deserts have long served as the backdrop for movies, including “Raising Arizona,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Thelma & Louise.” Whether it’s the panoramic landscapes punctuated by red rocks or alpine forests opening to hidden lakes, the view is enchanting and sobering, but also accessible for hiking, biking and other adventures. Take a four-wheel drive tour, stay on a houseboat at one of the magnificent lakes or skydive over the desert or near the Grand Canyon.

 

Old West and American Indian Culture

Experience the Old West by visiting the ghost towns and boom towns – shoot-out at the O.K. Corral reenactment, anyone? – that established it. Tour a mining museum or enjoy a Western-themed amusement park, then savor a steakhouse dinner. Immerse yourself in the cowboy lifestyle by staying on a guest ranch. You’ll also find the American Indian influence everywhere, from rock petroglyphs to silver and turquoise jewelry in high-end shops; that's because 22 tribes call Arizona home. Many tribal nations, including Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Gila, While Mountain Apache and Navajo, are open to the public.

 

Urban Escapes and Wellness Retreats

This state has no shortage of luxuries for the weary traveler. Pamper yourself with spa treatments at elegant resorts in some of the state’s biggest cities, which also offer golf courses overlooking the rustic desert landscape. Avid producers of wine, Arizona’s vineyards and award-winning wineries make for a romantic tour or site for farm-to-table dining. Not to be outdone, brewpubs and gastropubs enliven the urban scene.

Arizona Office of Tourism

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Fun Fact

Mail delivered to the Havasupai Indians in the lower Grand Canyon
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Arizona Office of Tourism

People actually live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai Indians are so remote that their mail is delivered by horseback.

A Sierra Vista hummingbird
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Sierra Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau

More hummingbird species can be found in Sierra Vista in southern Arizona than in any other state, earning its title as "the Hummingbird Capital of the United States."

The World’s Oldest Rodeo rides again
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Arizona Office of Tourism

Prescott, Arizona, is home to the World's Oldest Rodeo, which dates back to 1888.

Must see places

Looking out over Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, belongs on everyone’s must-see list.

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The ethereal landscape of Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

This park situated in between Apache and Navajo counties is littered with petrified wood and other fossils and has 400 species of plants. 

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The stunning formations of Red Rock State Park near Sedona

Red Rock State Park

Star parties and full moon hikes are popular events in this park near Sedona that is named for its famous red sandstone canyon.

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Hiking through Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

Hike, tour or camp in this park, known as the “Wonderland of Rocks” because of the elaborate rock towers and pinnacles found throughout its environs. 

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Monument Valley’s Whispering Ear Arch

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Some of the sandstone in this majestic park soars to 300 meters. Bring your camera to catch the austere beauty of the mesas and buttes.

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Harvesting fruit at Tucson's Mission Garden Project

Tucson’s Dining Scene

Get the flavor of Tucson, declared a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, when you eat your way through the city’s diverse restaurants, farmers markets and street food scene. Explore Mexican and American Indian culture through the city's various cuisines.

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Sunset over Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

You’ve seen the iconic saguaro cactus before in photos and movies, but in this preserve, you can marvel at its scale in context.

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Stand up paddleboarding on Lake Powell in Arizona

Lake Powell

This placid, deep-blue lake with 3,200 kilometers of shoreline is the perfect setting for a resort vacation or houseboat excursion.

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Classic car outside the Wigwam Motel, a Route 66 landmark in Holbrook

Route 66

Take a trip down the Mother Road through historic towns such as Hackberry, Kingman, Oatman, Flagstaff and Seligman, where you’ll encounter old trading posts and villages as well as some of the state’s most dramatic natural landscapes.

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Historic mining town of Goldfield

Goldfield Ghost Town

Arizona has its share of old copper mining and ghost towns, but here you can tour Mammoth Gold Mine, learn about the area’s unique history at Goldfield Museum, pan for gold, ride a narrow gauge train, explore shops and watch a gunfight reenactment unfold.

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Looking up from Antelope Canyon in Arizona
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Experience Arizona

Official Arizona Travel Sites

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